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Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the women's pole vault,  gestures during a press conference at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva, the gold medalist in the women's pole vault, gestures during a press conference at the World Athletics Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(AP) Russian pole vault great Yelena Isinbayeva says she may have been "misunderstood" when she made comments condemning homosexuality.


On Friday, the two-time Olympic gold medalist appeared to back off her comments at the world championships.


She says "English is not my first language and I think I may have been misunderstood when I spoke yesterday. What I wanted to say was that people should respect the laws of other countries particularly when they are guests."


On Thursday, Isinbayeva backed Russia's new anti-gay law and also criticized two competitors for their rainbow-colored fingernails in support of gay rights.


Isinbayeva says "I respect the views of my fellow athletes and let me state in the strongest terms that I am opposed to any discrimination against gay people."


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